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2023: Nigeria May Split Before Elections – Onaiyekan

In preparation for the 2023 general elections, it has been reported that former Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has stated that Nigeria may split before 2023 because of the sad realities in the country, including security challenges.

While disclosing this in an interview in Abuja, Onaiyekan stated that, “There is no reason why the spate of insecurity should continue like this till 2023. There is no reason why we should not be able to finally settle this problem before the year 2022 is over.”

He disclosed that, “If it is not over, it means we have failed as a nation and the question will no longer be whether we can have elections or not, but whether it makes sense even having an election because we don’t have a country; the matter is serious.”

He noted that, “As for the election, we are not even sure whether Nigeria will be one country or whether we would have an independent country. So, those are issues we must face now. As for holding elections, it is not a big deal really. Election is a normal practice and in a democratic environment, if the environment is really democratic and peaceful, the election will come on its own.”

He added that, “All of it; greed, wickedness and stupidity. Not only in Nigeria; go abroad, our next door neighbour, Cameroon, Paul Biya has been there for more than 30 years. Cameroon is not moving and he is not moving, why is he sitting there? So, they are worse than us.’’

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